Sep 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
from the first debate between president obama and republican challenger, mitt romney. some are calling these debates a make-or-break moment for romney. it's "your voice, your vote." with just 38 days left to election day. and david kerley joins us from the white house with an inside look at how both sides are prepping. david? >> reporter: good morning, bianna. this is the year that these debates could be critical. so, both candidates are spending a lot of time preparing. heading back to boston for more debate practice, mitt romney would not endorse the view that the debates could be do-or-die for his campaign. >> i don't think anyone would suggest that the debates are not important. i can't tell you how important it will be. it will be a good chance for the president and for me to have a conversation with the american people about our respective views. >> four more years. >> reporter: mr. obama spent a couple of hours practicing yesterday, as well. and has three days set aside for more practice. it's nicknamed debate camp. and near the end of camp, like now, it's a full-on mock debate.
Sep 24, 2012 7:00am PDT
of a september slump as president obama with politics here in new york. jake tapper is here this morning. jake, the candidates were combative on "60 minutes." >> that's right, george, they're entering a new phase, the debate phase of the campaign. so right now, with the first debate coming up a week from wednesday, the candidates are looking for any edge to knock the other on his heels. >> reporter: mitt romney barn-storming battlegrounds, colorado, ohio and virginia, trying to regain momentum lost after a tough week on the trail. on the campaign plane overnight, romney was asked why he was trailing in so many battleground states. >> i think that the president's campaign has focused its advertising, in many cases, on very inaccurate portrayals of my positions. he's trying to fool people into thinking that i think things i don't. that ends, i think, during the debate. >> reporter: when he lands in ohio, tuesday, a brand-new tv ad from the obama campaign will greet him, assailing the republican for the hidden camera comments he made describing 47% of the country as irresponsible, government-depe